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Jessica Gillan

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F34

Further personal information

Family
Husband Dale Gillan
Other names
Jessica Hamill
Residence
Dunedin, NZL
Occupation
Clerk
Languages
English
Higher education
Massage Therapy - Southern Institute of Technology: Invercargill, NZL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics at age 14 at Verdon College in Invercargill, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
"To prove that people with an impairment can do sport."
Club / Team
Taieri Club: Dunedin, NZL
Name of coach
Raylene Bates [club, national], NZL

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Assen, NED

General interest

Nicknames
Jess, Tron (Facebook profile, 14 Jul 2019; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Shopping, socialising. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F34 shot put at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Raylene Bates. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In April 2018 she underwent surgery after sustaining a triple fracture of her left tibia and fibula bones. In September 2018 she broke her tibia bone around the metal work she had been inserted into her leg following the initial injury and required another operation. She returned to training in March 2019. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

In December 2015 she fractured the L2 disc in her spine and was out of action until June 2016. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She has a coffee and relaxes before she competes. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It is what it is. Get on with it." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
She has a certification as a sports coach. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F32/33/34 Final Round 2
Women's Javelin F33/34/52/53 Final Round 7
Women's Discus Throw F33/34/51-53 Final Round 7
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F33/34/52/53 Final Round 10
Women's Discus Throw F32-34/51-53 Final Round 7
Women's Shot Put F32-34/52/53 Final Round 11
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F32-34 Final 2011-01-23 6
Women's Javelin F33/34/52/53 Final 2011-01-28 8
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F34 Final 1 2015-10-22 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F34 Final Round 2016-09-14 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F34 Final 1 2017-07-17 3